In an ongoing series, Asante News features employees and leaders who recently joined the organization or have been promoted.
Combine a life coach, health coach, fitness trainer and former semi-pro athlete and you’ve got Valencia Rollins. She joined Asante’s Health Promotion team as a health educator in August, having moved from the Chicago area. She grew up in Long Beach, California.
Here are 10 things to know about Rollins:
Favorite activities: “Playing basketball, reading, watching movies, spending time with my family, singing, dancing, hiking, working out.”
The best thing about her job: “Helping people become the best version of themselves.”
How her co-workers describe her: “Happy and full of energy.”
Who inspires her: “My grandmother, because she lived her life on her own terms and didn’t care what other people thought about her.”
Claim to fame: “I played semi-professional women’s tackle football — right tackle!”
What she wanted to be when she grew up: “A drug enforcement agent.”
On her bucket list: “To visit Valencia, Spain; coach a championship-winning women’s basketball team; and box.”
Most memorable travel experience: “Leaving California right after high school and moving to Rock Springs, Wyoming, on a full-ride basketball scholarship. It was a cultural shock.”
Hidden talent: “I can speak Spanish.”
What would (wouldn’t?) surprise people about her: “I’m very competitive.”
Health educator, Asante Health Promotion
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Co-founder/certified holistic life coach, AT-One With Health & Wellness, greater Chicago area
Master’s in sport science, Eastern New Mexico University
Bachelor’s in physical education and criminal justice, Eastern New Mexico University
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Valencia is the best! She has such a kind heart and energizing spirit. Much love to you, Valencia!